Strategic Planning or Plugging Away?

Eos Nonprofit Consulting

The Benefits of a Strategic Plan for Nonprofit Organizations

There’s a common theme when it comes to team building, board retreats, strategic planning and SWOT analyses in the nonprofit world: It would be nice to do, but who has the time or budget for that? When your primary concern as an organization is feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, or any other high-minded cause to better the community, it’s easier to plug away at your mission than to hit pause for a strategic planning session.

Another reason organizations may ignore the importance of strategic planning is because they believe it has primarily to do with mission and vision planning. While it’s true that those are traditionally important elements of strategic planning, it’s certainly not the sole purpose or outcome of such activities.

Sue Waector,director of Cornerstone Consulting Associates and a great voice of best nonprofit management practices, blogged about several…

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